Music and Stories from the Americas

juanThe Hudson Area Library proudly presents the first event in a new monthly cultural family program, Music and Stories from the Americas, on Tuesday, December 6 at 6pm. Families will learn about the specific cultures of peoples living in the Americas through children’s stories, history, food, and music. This program of celebration and community gathering will be in English and Spanish. Come to learn about culture, pick up a word or two in a language you may or may not be familiar with and enjoy delicious food in a friendly, festive setting.

Juan Sanchez, musician and member of Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Company, will utilize children’s literature, songs and the history of specific regions in Central and South America to introduce children and their families to the rich culture that exists in our two continents.

Free Parent Child Academy: Family Activities to Develop Your Child’s Literacy! [UPDATED DATES]

A mother, a father, a son, and a daughter all happily reading the same book together.

The Hudson Area Library will be holding a Parent Child Academy on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1pm, on November 12, 19, and December 3, 10, and 17. [Update: We will not have a session on the November 26, due to the holiday weekend.] The Academy will provide free and open activities for parents of children from the ages of birth to five years that will help you in your role as your children’s first and best teacher, and get your child ready to enter school with the skills and love for reading that they need. Breakfast and lunch are on us, and we have AmeriCorps volunteers that will have some great activities for your children that are two and over. Books and prizes will be given away each week. Transport to the library is available.

For more information and to sign up, call 518-828-1792 ext 101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or stop by the library to sign up. The Parent Child Academy is made possible in part by a privately funded grant .

Radio Studio with Kite’s Nest

Three teens on a sidewalk. Two have audio equipment.Join us for Radio Studio at the Hudson Area Library! We don’t usually hear the voices and perspectives of youth in the news, but young people have a lot to say. If you’ve ever wanted to be a reporter or a DJ, or you’re just curious about making radio, this is your chance to be the media! We’ll learn hands-on radio and broadcasting skills, use digital audio recorders, come up with story ideas, conduct interviews, and broadcast our voices on WGXC: 90.7-FM.

RADIO STUDIO with Kite’s Nest

Friday, October 7, 3pm-6pm
at the Hudson Area Library
in partnership with WGXC: Hands-on Radio (90.7-FM)
Ages 9 – 15

To register, emailhello@kitesnest.org, or call 518-945-8445.

This program is free and open to the public. Donations towards this program will be shared with the Library and WGXC (Kite’s Nest has suggested a donation of $10-$40).

Hudson Theater Project Presents The Legend of the Giant Caterpillar

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Known for their insightful and lively productions, Hudson Theater Project returns under the inspired direction of Carol Rusoff with an original adaptation of The Legend of The Giant Caterpillar, a folk tale from the Ivory Coast of Africa. This mythical tale of woe and mishap has it all: Comedy! Vanquishing Heroes and Victory! Drama! Suspense! Join HTP for this free, family-friendly performance on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm in the library’s Community Room.

UPDATE: Two Additional Performances at the Library

The original plans for two shows at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival have been changed due to weather.

Two additional performances in the Community Room at the library:

Friday, August 12, 7pm

Sunday, August 14, 3pm

Devised in collaboration with community participants over the course of seven-weeks at the Hudson Opera House, this year’s HTP cast includes Shaquille Sinclair, Vincent Velasquez, Kulton McCall, Jayne Anderson, Hunter Thibeault, Ashley Price, Sylvia Shablovski, Conor Anderson, Michael Dolan, Peter Medici, Kylie Pecord, Aaron Stewart and Ava Delmar.

Children’s Story and Craft Hour: Where’s Waldo

waldoflierThis Saturday, July 30, from 11am-12pm, join us for a special Where’s Waldo themed Children’s Story and Craft Hour. Come learn “cut and paste” – the art of collage – as our special guest, Theresa Shanley Corrigan of Artfully Yours in Cairo, leads the children through the creation of their very own Waldo collage. Our Where’s Waldo story and craft hour is open to children of all ages but is especially recommended for ages 4 and up.

This special event is being held in conjunction with the final weekend of the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt, a community-wide Shop Local scavenger hunt hosted by our friends at The Spotty Dog with participation from 20+ merchants/locations in Hudson – including the library!

Come find Waldo at the library, join the Waldo Collage making fun on Saturday, and stop by The Spotty Dog on Sunday at 12:30pm for the Where’s Waldo celebration!

Caps For Sale Puppet Show

Caps for Sale postcardWe’re pleased to welcome PuppeTree back to the Hudson Area Library for a puppet show based on the classic children’s book Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.*

On Tuesday, July 19 at 6pm, the Vermont-based theater workshop and puppet company will perform an updated puppet production of Caps for Sale. The performance will celebrate diversity by retelling the classic tale several times with puppets from a variety of world cultures – Africa, India, Estonia, and the Middle East. Children and families are sure to have a raucous good time with Caps for Sale’s tale of mischief.

Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For questions or further information please call Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at 518-828-1792 x101.

*Some of you will remember PuppeTree from last summer’s fabulous Swimmy/Swimmer puppet show, based on the Leo Lionni classic picture book, Swimmy. We couldn’t wait to get them back to Hudson!

Meet the Mayor! Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton Visits the Summer Reading Program

13331027_10153637176842592_7205774518419880628_nJoin us in welcoming Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton to our summer reading program on Friday, July 15 at 10:30am. The mayor will speak with the children about various aspects of her job, the importance of civic engagement, and reading enjoyment. The children will be able to ask questions and discuss concerns with her.

The Meet the Mayor event is open to all children interested in this unique opportunity. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a very special event in our summer reading guest speaker series. Marlene Parmentier, teacher at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, and Janice Scali, the Hudson Area Library children’s librarian, have planned a mix of reading, activities, field trips, and guest speakers for the summer. The summer reading program runs Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 12pm. Children of all ages and their families are invited. The program is free and open to the public.